Israel Working On Ethno-Specific
Bio Weapon That
Targets Only Arabs
LONDON (AP) -- Israel is trying to identify genes carried only by Arabs that could be used to develop a biological weapon that would harm Arabs but not Jews, the Sunday Times reported.
The newspaper attributed its report to unidentified Israeli military and Western intelligence sources. It said Israeli scientists are working to create a genetically modified bacterium or virus that only attacks people who carry certain genes.
The paper said the weapon is seen as Israel's response to the threat of chemical and biological warfare from Iraq and could be spread by air or through the water supply.
The newspaper said the program is based at the biological institute in Nes Tziyona, which it described as the main research facility for Israel's chemical and biological weapons. According to the report, researchers have pinpointed "a characteristic in the genetic profile of certain Arab communities, particularly the Iraqi people.''
The idea of such research has provoked controversy in Israel because of parallels with the genetic experiments at Auschwitz by Nazi scientist Dr. Josef Mengele during World War II, the paper said.
"Morally, based on our history, and our tradition and our experience, such a weapon is monstrous and should be denied,'' Israeli parliament member Dedi Zucker is quoted as saying.
Officials at Porton Down, Britain's biological defense facility, said such weapons were theoretically possible, the newspaper said.
ADL Calls Times of London Story on Israel Irresponsible
Source: US Newswire
NEW YORK, Nov. 16 /U.S. Newswire/ -- The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today expressed outrage at the Sunday Times of London for publishing a story claiming that Israel is developing biological weapons that will harm only Arabs, but not Jews. In a front-page story published on Nov. 15, the newspaper cited unnamed sources and the publication Foreign Report as originating the story. The story has since been spread by newswires and syndicated news agencies to media outlets across the United States.
The Times' story is "irresponsible and dangerous," said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL national director. "Based on shady unnamed sources and referring to a publication that has a history of putting out dubious information, the venerable Sunday Times of London presented speculation and hearsay as a fact."
Foxman went on to say that, "Unfortunately, this sensational story is reminiscent of the age-old anti-Semitic blood libel myth of Jews deviously targeting non-Jews with poison, while protecting their own. Instead of the medieval poisoning of young Christian children, the story has Israel-developed biological weaponry targeting Arabs."
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